Hacker-Pschorr Dunkel Weisse (Weisse Dark) | Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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Hacker-Pschorr Dunkel Weisse (Weisse Dark)Hacker-Pschorr Dunkel Weisse (Weisse Dark)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
Germany | website

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Mitchster on 02-17-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
280
Ratings:
492
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
15.74%
 
 
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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Beautiful light brown in color with a good head that laced the glass.

Smell – Rich, chocolaty, toasted malt aroma with some light fruit and a dash of table sugar.

Taste – The deep malt flavors come out nicely at the tongue. The chocolate is there as well, along with some nice, dark fruits and a good helping of brown sugar.

Mouthfeel – Fully carbonated, big body, and not a hint of alcohol helps this one go down smoothly.

Drinkability – I’ll prost with a bottle of this any day of the week. This is a classic, authentic, German Dunkel Weitzen.

Update – I reviewed this beer shortly after joining the site so thought it would be fun to re-review it after having been here over a year and rating 1,200+ beers. It’s a solid “4” all the way around. There are just a handful of imports within the style that I’ve had that I enjoy better than this, and I think the Ramstein Classic is the only American made one to date.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice brown brew with an ample white head of foam. The aromas hit you in the nose with a 1-2 punch of spices/cloves and bananas. The taste is fruity and spicy all at once, with no alcohol to be found...anywhere! The mouthfeel is light and airy, yet substantial for a dunkel. The drinkability is endless and that's the way that it should be...

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #87 (Apr 2014):

Bread, Clove, Banana, Smooth

The beer oozes greatness, this is an excellent benchmark example of the Dunkelweizen that all non-German brewers should strive to match. Ripe banana and clove are at the perfect levels and the maltiness is like having a loaf of bread in your mouth.

STYLE: Dunkelweizen | ABV: 5.3% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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Review from Oct 2001:

Presentation: 12 oz slender brown bottle with a regal label. Freshness date on the label.

Appearance: Cloudy tawny leather brown with a very healthy creamy frothy white crown that comes from a bubbly carbonation.

Smell: Clove and banana obviously, esters and a brown malt aroma / mild carob. Soft malt sweetness and grain aromas.

Taste: Smooth, full mouthfeel within the medium body. Nice even malt sweetness, like fresh banana bread. Mild clove flavours with hints of alcoholic esters. Toasted malt notes pair well with the fruitiness. Hop bitterness is very mild, tea-like, a bit herbal, spicy. Has a nice grain dryness from the wheat. Finishes dry with a faint medicinal after taste.

Notes: A most extraordinary Weisse beer. For beer drinkers not accustomed to bottle conditioned beers such as this one, it is highly recommend pouring the entire bottle in the glass, including the yeast. The yeast is one of the best parts of this beer, as in it contributes most of the flavour to this beer.

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Photo of blackie
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a huge white head out of the bottle. I can smell the hefe already. Color is a light brown, dark amber; somewhat cloudy. Smells of yeast, overripe banana (alot of it), banana bread, some spice and brown sugars. Highly carbonted, very refreshing and smooth mouthfeel. Taste is of banana, wheat, and some spiciness. Finishes with a lingering fruity, sweet spiciness.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appealing golden-brown color, with a creamy, fine head. Decent head and cloudiness imparted somewhat by a bottle-swirl to pour in the yeasties. Pleasing nose, with the typical Bayerisch banana-clove combo, though not overly spicy. Taste yields more of the flavors picked up in the nose...banana-clove, etc. Medium bodied, and well-recieved on the tongue. Well-pleased by this offering. Zum Wohl!

overall: 4.2
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5

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Photo of Reidrover
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was pleasantly surprised to see this and its lighter sibling at a store in Salem.
Quite a distinguished looking beer, light hazy chesnut brown with a large frothy off white head.
Rather pleasing aroma..the usual germen hefe smells plus a rich maltiness.
Nice taste to this it has the usual esters and spiciness of a regular Hefe and a nice caramel malt sweetness.
Very smooth on the tongue and semi-dry finish.
I found this exceptionally drinkable..I shall be returnin to the store to by a few cases of this stuff.

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Photo of alexgash
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wheat hazy, golden-brown body with a big, off-white head.
Smells of tangy grapes and wheat malt (sour Grapenuts), with rich, fresh, toffeeish banana bread and yeast.
Taste is similar to the smell, but not as strong/assertive. There’s more banana, and less banana bread/toffee. Medium-bodied feel. Finish is wheat bitter.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma has a strong wheat character, including phenol qualities of clove. Hints of dark malt and caramel and nutty sweetness.
Huge tannish head. Amber brown slightly cloudy.
Flavor is much like aroma. Wheat beer qualties incluing some phenol and clean. Ever so slight richness from dark malt with notes of caramel or brown sugar and some nuttiness. Very pleasing.
Little thin but soft and refreshing.
Nice drink. Smooth and thirst quenching.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2011-11-27 in Columbia, PA

A - Very hazy , leather-brown with a 2-finger light tan head that fades to 1/2 finger quickly.

S - Lots of clove, some banana, touch of apple cider sweetness.

T - Delicious. The roasted, sweet malt mixes with the banana and clove, conjuring again the illusion of fresh-pressed apple cider. Of course, unlike cider, this dries nicely and pretty clean.

M - Medium body and high carbonation give a cleansing and thirst quenching feel.

O - I just finished a vigorous 15-mile hike and sat down to enjoy this beer. It tasted great and sure is a nice start to replacing the electrolytes I crave (see the movie Idiocracy if you don't get this joke).

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This dark wheat pours a cloudy dark reddish-brown color with a big off white creamy head on top. The foam dissolves to a thick ring around the surface leaving very little lace behind. A spicy aroma of clove, orange peel, yeast and brown sugar greets you before each sip.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer has a soft tingle on the palate. The flavor reminds me of banana bread. Notes of bananas, raisins, and clove dominate, however you can also taste some bubblegum and yeast mixed in. There's a sweet molases flavor throughout each sip.

This is a very tasty full flavored beer. It didn't seem as spicy as a hefe-weissen. It would go great with a nice hearty meal or dessert.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium brown, cloudy with a smallish head. Smell is malt, molasses, caramel, hint of fruit, bread and yeast. Taste is the same as the smell with alcohol making an appearance on the back end. Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied, relatively smooth with decent effervescence. Drinkability is good but this not your typical wheat beer.

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Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, chestnut body with a tightknit, beige, head that rises two fingers tall. Head retains well, eventually falling into attractive, collar and sheet lace.
Aroma is lemon, banana, cut hay, toffee, and peppery spice.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with relatively high carbonation and a medium body.
Taste mirrors the aroma, with the addition of yeast and hop bitterness. Tangy and tart fruits, mostly banana, caramel, and some mild peppery spice. Very well balanced, and tasty to the palate.
Very nice for style, and a solid addition to anyone's cooler. Good drinkability, and an excellent, all purpose, dark wheat ale.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cluady copper color with imprerssive white creamy head. Sparse lacing.
Smell is very light,but a mild fruitiness can be detected. Also some banana present.
Taste is dark fruity, spicy and malty.
Finishes with a slight dryness, but mostly sweet malt.
A nice easy drinking refreshing beer.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Quite cloudy translucent medium brown body that pours with a large white head. Head fades rather quickly to nothing. No lacing left behind in the glass.

S- Mild nose that is heavy on banana. Sour doughy smell in the background.

T- Initial taste is surprisingly tart. Sour yeast upfront with lots of banana and hints of clove. The banana fades for the finish which is a nice combination of tartness and sweetness from the yeast. What lingers is sweet bready yeast and hints of spicy clove.

M- Low carbonation and a nice full-bodied yeastiness to it. Very smooth and creamy.

D- This is a good drinkable beer that I will have again. Nice example of a dunkel weizen. I wish this style was as common as the hefe weizen.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark-amber with orange highlights, slightly hazy, forming a perfect whipped beige head, peaking spontaneously out of the glass. Retention is exceptional with good lacing. Carbonation is moderately strong. Aroma is filled to the rim with spicy phenols..the typical bavarian banana/clove thing, but with toast, and subtle sulfur and hot asphalt notes added. Served mit heife adds a bready note and smooths out the finish. Mouthfeel is smoother than anticipated and not as spritzy as I was expecting. Body is medium. Taste begins with lots of phenols, then gives way to a delicate malt body which looks darker than it tastes...the feel and taste here is pale malt, and not amber. The mild hop finish is fuzzy on the back of the tongue. Damp morning earth is hidden in the delicate malts with some toastiness smoothing out the somewhat dry finish. There is some wheat huskiness towards the end. A good example of the style, but I have to be in that rare certain mood to drink more than one of these. Maybe it's cause I just ate a whole box of Pizza Hamburger Helper and am about ready to explode.
"Oh shit, it's Mister Cleraseaux!"

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Photo of allengarvin
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half-liter bottle, in weizen glass.

Appearance: Dark mahogany appearance, with nice frothy white head; brew s somewhat clear appearance for the style.

Aroma: Toasty malt aroma, somewhat cracker-like.

Flavor/Body: Good munich malt flavor, with citrus/banana fruit flavor. Phenols a little on the low side. Finishes tart and acidic. Highly carbonated, with full mouthfeel.

Notes: Decent dunkel, with malt a significant part of the profile. Still, I find it a slight bit lacking.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Translucent, murky caramel color. Large off white, foamy head with great retention. No lace.

Smells like apricot, plum and cloves.

Tastes sweet like the black spots on bananas with nutmeg. Clove and a yeasty snap with swallow. Spicy on the tongue, albiet a little thin. I'm down with anything that tastes like bananas.

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy deep copper in color with a small, persistent white head, and abundent suspended sediment. The lacing is thick and glass-coating; carbonation is moderate.

Aroma: Sweet aroma of caramel and freshly baked dark bread, with mild chocolate, clove and earth notes as well. The banana note mentioned by other reviewers does not seem to be present.

Taste: Opens with sweet caramel notes, followed by hints of earth, slight toasty and nutty notes, finishes with a mild herbal and medicinal bitterness.

Mouth feel: Soft and quite full, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasing example, well-crafted, and quite drinkable.

Presentation: Packaged in a pint brown glass bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of BigBry
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, enjoyed on a sunny afternoon at Wurst.
Orange brown, slightly hazed, with a 2 inch foamy tan head. Foam faded to a floating film
leaving small streaks of lace.
Smell is of wheat, a bit of yeast, spice, and some banana aromas.
Taste has all the same elements of wheat, spices, and caramel sweetness. Slightly smoky
(more than the Erdinger Dunkel).
This beer has a lower level of carbonation, finishes with a slightly crisp mouthfeel.
Overall, this is a very good dunkelweizen, too bad I have glanced over it before.

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Photo of bobsy
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beerbistro.

A truly beautiful looking beer, which sits picture perfect in its glass. Oak coloured body with ruby highlights, and a huge foaming white head that exhibits excellent retention. The aroma is full of banana, wheat and cloves, demonstrating an intensity missing from the regular hefe. The flavour is somewhat similar, but with pronounced fruity and caramel flavours. The banana is brings a sweetness that's nicely countered by a slight wheat tanginess. Excellent balance. Medium body and carbonation gently tickle the flavours onto the palate. Excellent sessionability.

I'm not a huge fan of the Hacker-Pschorr Hefe, but I've found that with weizens freshness is key, and bottles sitting on unrefrigerated shelves don't cut it. My feeling is that for an kegged import this is still in relatively good shape, and has benefited substantially.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brilliant orange/amber color, with a smallish beige colored head. A little spicy on the nose, with a bit of caramel, some cereal and rye bread. On the palate, this one is sweet, crisp, gingerbread, mint and medium bodied, with some caramel, toasted malt and cereal.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hacker- Pschorr- Dunkel Weisse

Appearance- Dark cloudy brown with a thick heavy lacing head.
Smell- Strong malt, clove, and hazelnut.
Taste- Nice smooth, and evenly balanced pepper, clove, and malt. Slight yeasty straw notes thrown in.
Mouthfeel- Light spicy and smooth.

Overall- An excellent beer to drink on the golf course or sitting out on the patio.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium brown color, large foamy head. Aroma is spicy and slightly yeasty. Medium bodied German Wheat. Malty and spicy. Lighter taste, yet lots of flavor. Yeasty and citrusy. Nice taste. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The body looks like a brownish/orange color, but when held up to light all traces of brown disappear and are replaced by some nice orange, red, and rust hues. About a finger and a half of tan head has OK retention, but only leaves one or two spots of lacing behind.

The aroma has some slightly roasted darker malts in it, paired with a wheat twang and a bit of banana.

What I thought was a roasted character in the malt really subsides in the flavor. The dark malt takes on more of molasses character, paired with a slight wheat twang to it. Banana and a bit of clove come through also. The banana and clove are very balanced with the dark malts, making a tasty brew.

The mouthfeel is a bit creamy, fairly full. The carbonation is moderate.

Pretty drinkable beer, overall rather good.

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Photo of ADR
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Attractive beer, hazy clove-brown with a good 1 inch head that holds shapes well. Sweet grainy smell, some roasted nuts. Estery but also a little back of the mouth chocolate tone along with a little citrus. Nice light body with full flavors. I noticed that more sips bring out more lemon citrus, not an improvement, to me. But, refreshing and drinkable.

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Hacker-Pschorr Dunkel Weisse (Weisse Dark) from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
88 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.
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